‘Superhenge’ poser deepens

Hidden story … This facsimile by a Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project shows an artist’s sense of a largest Neolithic relic built in Britain, Durrington Walls Picture: Hidden Landscape Project

IT was ostensible to be a mom of Stonehenge: a huge mill round deliberately buried even as a famous brood was erected nearby. Turns out it was indeed done of wood.

News of Durrington Walls exploded opposite a universe a year ago after geophysical scans peered underneath a dirt of a 500m far-reaching round pile found usually 3km from Stonehenge in Salisbury.

What a radar seemed to expose was a collection of 90 deliberately defeated and buried mill monoliths. Was this 4500-year-old ‘Superhenge’ dismissed in a time of domestic or eremite misunderstanding before a inheritor — that still stands currently — was forged into a landscape?

A year and several excavations later, a questions still stand.

Why was a commanding structure of Durrington Walls so unexpected disassembled?

But some of a square has changed.

Excavation work during a site of one of Durrington Walls pits progressing this month. Picture: Dr Nick Snashall

Excavation work during a site of one of Durrington Walls’ pits progressing this month. Picture: Dr Nick SnashallSource:Supplied


The ‘shadows’ on a ground-penetrating radar weren’t defeated mill monoliths after all.

Instead a digs found filled-in pits that once hold huge joist posts.

“The response from a radar was so good that a group suspicion they were traffic with a whole array of stones fibbing on their side, buried underneath a bank of this ancient earthwork,” archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall told a BBC.

“What we’ve detected are that there are dual huge pits for joist posts. They have got ramps during a sides to reduce posts into. … They did enclose timbers that have been plumb carried out and private during some stage.”

With a puncture completed, a archaeologists are now branch their eye to a justification they have collected.

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“After this comes all a post-excavation work including a radiocarbon dating, and a Hidden Landscapes Project group will be regulating what a site group has found here, including all a information from laser scanning, to survey their strange geophysics formula in sequence to serve know a information that is constructed before to excavation,” Dr Snashall wrote in her blog.

“As is so mostly a case, a some-more we uncover, a some-more questions we have.”


The follow-up excavations of a past year have identified 120 post pits underneath a embankment.

It’s also unclosed justification a joist round was never completed.

Instead, during some indicate around 2460BC, a 70cm wide, 7m high joist posts were pulled out of a belligerent and a 1.5m low holes filled with marker rubble.

The usually suspicion found so distant is a scoop done out of an antler found during a bottom of one of a filled-in pits.

The whole suspicion was afterwards buried perpetually — underneath an huge gritty embankment, partial of that stays today.

While a investigate group have several some-more years’ value of excavations to go before submitting their study, conjecture surrounds a probable purpose of stealing such a square of history.

Was it a effect of a emergence of a new era? The transition of a Neolithic mill age into a some-more worldly Bronze Age?

“The new discoveries during Durrington Walls exhibit a formerly unsuspected complexity of events in a area during a duration when Stonehenge’s largest stones were being erected — and expose usually how politically and ideologically energetic British multitude was during that quite essential theatre in prehistory,” Dr Snashall told The Independent.

Historic relationship... The position of Durrington Walls in propinquity to Stonehenge and other circuitously neolithic landmarks. Source: Hidden Landscapes Project

Historic relationship… The position of Durrington Walls in propinquity to Stonehenge and other circuitously neolithic landmarks. Source: Hidden Landscapes ProjectSource:Supplied


The huge joist round was pulled down during a time that mill was commencement to make a symbol on a internal landscape.

A 2.5km prolonged entrance of station stones was being erected during circuitously Avebury. The 39m high synthetic Silbury Hill was also a new feature.

The switch from huge joist monuments to smaller, yet some-more imposing, mill edifices represents a change in meditative some couple to a attainment in Britain about this time of a new ‘Beaker’ culture, named for their particular pottery celebration vessels remains.

Whether this represents a earthy advance or a series in record and suspicion stays unknown.

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